Rochester School Corporation
690 Zebra Lane
Rochester, IN 46975

Tel: 574-223 2159
Jana Vance, Supt.

    Rochester Community School Corporation

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    Rochester Community School Press Releases:

    May 20th, 2020
    Attention all parents and students of any current eighth grade student enrolled in Summer School:
    At Rochester Community School Corporation, grades K-8 use iPads, when they advance to High School, they are then given school Macbooks. Your child will be in need of their school device for the duration of the summer in order to fulfill the requirements of their Summer Course(s), so we will be giving your child their high school devices early. 
    In order to assure that your child has everything they need for Summer, we have set a date where your child will need to bring in their Middle School Devices and in return will be given their High School Devices. 

    WHEN: Thursday, May 28th, 2020

    TIME: 8:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm

    WHERE: High School Front Doors

    WHAT TO BRING: iPad, iPad case, iPad charger, iPad keyboard

    WHAT WILL BE GIVEN: Macbook and Macbook charger

    If your child does not bring all school devices currently checked out, they will not be allowed to receive their new devices. Please make sure to bring all technological school property.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or feel you have been sent this email in error - please reach out to me via email at:

    May 14th, 2020
    Rochester Community High School's Graduation Plan

    Rochester Community High School Commencement Ceremony Plan

    July 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be the days students can return their school devices, library books, and other school property. As well as the students may collect their belongings that were left at the school. Please view the details below for your building:
    Rochester Community Middle School's Check-In Plan
    Riddle Elementary's Check-In Plan
    Columbia Elementary's Check-In Plan

    Exception: Any and All Elementary Students enrolled in the Summer Reading Program:
    Students enrolled in the Summer Reading Program will need to keep their technological devices throughout the duration of the Summer Reading Program, so they DO NOT need to turn them in June 3rd-5th.
    However, you STILL NEED to come on your designateed day June 3rd-June 5th, to turn in all NON-technological school property (such as library books) and to pick up your child's belongings. But do NOT turn in your child's iPad, case, or charger during these days in June.
    July 24th, 2020 - the day after the Summer Reading Program concludes, will be the dsay that the Summer Reading Program students return their devices to the school. More details, including the location and time for this date, will follow shortly.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Briggs or Mr. Schoenhals:

    April 3rd, 2020
    It is RCSC’s desire to make sure we honor all students, especially the seniors as they complete their last year at Rochester High School. I will be formally asking the board to change graduation to the evening of June 26, 2020. We hope by changing the date, we will have a greater opportunity to host a traditional graduation ceremony. As we are uncertain as to what restrictions may still be imposed, we are working on contingency plans that will also allow the students and their families to be recognized.

    Prom at this time has been postponed. We will look to have a prom this summer in our high school gymnasium, if the timing is appropriate.

    Senior honors night will look quite differently this year. We will be asking all donors to generate a 30 second video to highlight their scholarship and then notify the recipient. We will then utilize social media, our school websites as well as RCTV4 to help us broadcast that out to the community.
    We will continue to engage in e-Learning as planned starting again next week. As I get further instructions and mandates from the state, we will keep you apprised of how we will continue to educate our students.
    We are all experiencing a level of uncertainty we have not seen before. As information is still very fluid, we will do our best to communicate plans to you.

    Wishing our students, their families and our community good health!

    April 2nd, 2020
    First and foremost, a sincere thank you for your patience and support as we all continue to adjust and build new plans around COVID-19.
    Governor Holcomb announced today schools will be closed for the remainder of this academic year.
    On behalf of the entire school corporation our hearts are sinking with the knowledge that we won’t be seeing students the remainder of this academic year.
    We will continue with E-Learning next week and we ask you to engage with your students and support them educationally as best you can.
    After receiving further guidance and instruction from the State Department of Education, we will be sending out a comprehensive plan around our seniors and plans for graduation, meeting our educational obligations for this year and the best form of deploying instruction moving forward.
    Again, thank you for your patience and support.
    Please abide by the Governor’s statement to stay at home and only leave for necessary appointments and needs.
    If you have anything that RCSC can help you with, please contact your student’s principal and we will do all we can to support your student, their family and our community at large.

    March 19th, 2020
    The Governor has shut schools down until May 1st. 
    At this time, e-Learning will remain in place.

    March 16th, 2020 

    Beginning Friday, March 20, Rochester Community Schools will provide food routes and pick-up locations for our families. The meal packages are intended to cover five days per student. Cafeteria staff will develop meals for all free and reduced lunch students. If you would like this free service provided and are NOT on free/reduced meals, please email or call 574-223-2159 ext. 5004 by noon on Thursday, March 19 so staff knows to package food for your student. This FREE FOR ALL service will last the entirety of school not in session.

    Pick up locations are on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 at:
         - Heart to Heart Church of the Nazarene (1987 Southway 31)
         - Grace United Methodist Church (201 West 7th Street)
         - Faith Outreach Church (1125 East 9th Street)
         - Mill Creek Church (1136 North State Road 25)
         - Safe Harbor Church (1944 Sweetgum Road)

    Food cannot be consumed on site.

    Meals will be delivered on Fridays from  to students who ride busses:

     - 4 (Brad Smiley
    - 14 (Stacy Ingram)
    - 19 (Ion Tamer)
    - 21 (Mary James)
    - 27 (Kevin Wallskog)

    Someone must be home to pick up the food package. If you are not able to be home during that time, please contact Mrs. Wilkinson to arrange for church pick-up or another form of delivery


    Jana K. Vance, Ed.S



    March 13, 2020 

    Rochester Community Schools Staff and Parents, 

    As you are aware, we have been closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Health Department, and we have been working very closely with our local Fulton County Health Department regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

    Upon the advice of the Fulton County Health Department Director, Dr. Reyburn, we will close our schools starting Monday, March 16, 2020. Please note the following information: 

    EVENT & ACTIVITIES: Effective Saturday, March 14th, we have cancelled all extra-curricular, co-curricular, events, practices, and activities at RCSC buildings/district until further notice.  

    SCHOOL: Monday, March 16th - Rochester Community Schools will not be in session.  Teachers and staff will report during contracted time. This is when medications and forgotten supplies can be picked up.    Elearning will take place on Tuesday the 17th, Wednesday the 18th, and Thursday the 19th. School will not be in session on Friday, March 20th.  Monday and Friday are waiver days provided by the State of Indiana and we will not be required to make these days up.  

    March 23rd - April 3rd: School will be closed for Spring Break.  Only essential personnel will be allowed in buildings. 

    Please be aware that these precautions are being taken to reduce or limit our community's exposure to the virus. As a reminder, those practices include: 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

    The Indiana State Department of Health has also established a hotline for the public. Should you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), please contact the following phone numbers for assistance: 

    P:317-233-7125 from 8 AM - 8 PM P:317-233-1325 from 8 PM - 8 AM 

    We will share additional information regarding elearning, lunch plans, and procedures, as well as other important updates over the next couple of days. Please be watching for additional information on the RCSC website/Twitter/Facebook to be shared.

    Should you have questions regarding this information, please contact our Central Office at 574-223-2159. 


    Steps to prevent illness:

    CDC Main Website

    Parent Faqs During COVID-19

    Rochester Community School's Continuous Learning Program


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    • Central Office

      Rochester School Corporation
      690 Zebra Lane
      Rochester, IN 46975

      Tel: 574-223 2159
      Jana Vance, Supt.


      Special Services Dept

      1818 Park Road
      Rochester, IN 46975

      Tel: 574-223-1600
      Fax: 574-223-1599
      Jennifer Shank, Director
      Brandee Lewis, Compliance Coord.
      Samantha Walley, Compliance Coord.
      Amy Bode, School Pyschologist

      School Board Members

      Tom Schwenk - Board President
      Jennie Smith - Board Vice President
      Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals - secretary
      rick smail - member
      sandra tyler - member
      joe murphy - member
      kyle mclochlin - member

      High School

      Rochester Community HS
      1 Zebra Lane
      Rochester, IN 46975

      Tel: 574-223-2176
      Fax: 574-223-3401
      Chris Keisling, Prin.

    • Middle School

      Rochester Community MS
      650 Zebra Lane
      Rochester, IN 46975

      Tel: 574-223-2280
      Oscar Haughs, Prin.
      Cassie Murphy, Asst. Prin.
      Nathan Kreamer, Counselor


      Columbia Elementary
      1502 Elm St.
      Rochester, IN 46975

      Tel: 574-223-2501
      Fax: 574-223-0530
      Jason Snyder, Prin.

      Riddle Elementary
      302 Barkman St.
      Rochester, IN  46975

      Tel: 574-223-2880
      Fax: 574-223-1539
      Luke Biernacki, Prin.

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